On Saturday 14th June members and supporters of Chelmsford Shotokan Karate Club went on tour again (complete with T-shirt!) and arrived at the Lodden Valley Leisure Centre, Lower Earley, Reading to enter the KUGB Southern Region Championship. Chelmsford's Squad consisted of eleven Adults and twenty-seven Juniors competing, one Chief Instructor - Sensei Dot Naylor, one coach - Sensei Jane Naylor-Jones, two referees Sensei Richard Kheder and Sensei Richard Naylor-Jones and a very large band of supporters to cheer them on.
Photo: KUGB National Referees (L-R) Richard Kheder and Richard Naylor-Jones
KUGB Clubs from all over the South of England were represented with competitors arriving early ready for the 10 am start. In the elimination rounds the competition for places in the final four of each event were fiercely contested and there were some excellent performances by everyone representing Chelmsford. Special praise has to go to those competing at this level for the first time.
Photo: Children's Team Kata - one of the more junior Chelmsford Team Kata's competing in the eliminations. (L-R) Eddie Pickwick, Jonathan Crisp (announcing loudly the name of the kata prior to beginning) and Joseph Dunbar. Well done!
The Finals began with the Children’s Events. The first category being the Ippon Kumite was kicked off in style. As this final was contested by two Chelmsford SKC Karateka – Alexander Lockett (current KUGB National Champion) and the eventual winner Louise Filmer with a spirited performance. This was a strong event for the Club with Kamil Wlodarcyzk also taking Bronze.
Photo: Louise Filmer (Left) receives her Trophy for winning the Ippon Kumite from Sensei Richard Naylor-Jones (Referee) in the background Sensei Debbie Robertson (Canterbury SKC)
Photo: Chelmsford's Ippon Kumite Finalists and Winner (front row from the right) Louise Filmer, Alexander Lockett and Kamil Wlodarcyzk. Back row Richard Naylor-Jones (Referee) also from Chelmsford SKC.
Next was Kata Novice to 4th Kyu – again Chelmsford SKC were represented with Leah Rodrigues performing Kata Heian Sandan to come 4th and Romilly Pope performing Kata Bassai Dai to take Silver.
Photo: Chelmsford's Kata Novice to 4th Kyu Finalists Leah Rodrigues (second from left), Romilly Pope (third from left) and (far right) Richard Naylor-Jones Referee
This was closely followed by the Kata for Dan Grades (Black Belts) Chelmsford had three contestants who took the top three positions – Teah Pope took Bronze performing Kata – Nijushiho, Jamie Lottering took Silver with Kata Gojushiho Sho and Mia Hillsden took Gold for the second year in succession with an outstanding performance of Kata Gojushiho Sho.
Photo: Black belt Kata Top three - (L-R) Teah Pope, Jamie Lottering and Mia Hillsden. Far right Richard Naylor-Jones (Referee)
Then followed the Team Kata and again Chelmsford SKC took the top three positions in the final. Chelmsford ‘C’ – Louise Filmer, Tom Jeffery and Melvyn Tang took Bronze with Kata Heian Yondan, Chelmsford ‘B’ – Jamie Lottering, Megan Naylor-Jones and Romilly Pope came second with Kata Bassai Dai and Chelmsford ‘A’ – Mia Hillsden, Teah Pope, Aya Rainer (current KUGB Youth National Champions) retained their Southern Region title as a team for the third consecutive year with Kata Empi.
Photo: Team Kata Finalists (L-R) Chelmsford 'C' Tom Jeffery, Melvyn Tang and Louise Filmer, Courtfields Karate Academy Team of 3, Chelmsford 'B' Megan Naylor-Jones, Romilly Pope and Jamie Lottering and winners Chelmsford 'A' - Teah Pope, Mia Hillsden and Aya Rainer. Richard Naylor-Jones (Referee) also from Chelmsford
Photo: Three successive years as Southern Region Team Kata Champions (L-R) Chelmsford 'A' Team - Teah Pope, Mia Hillsden and Aya Rainer
In the Boy’s Kumite 10-11 years – JJ Pirmuhamedov fought well and was unlucky to reach the final taking bronze. In the Boys Kumite 5’-5’.5” Melvyn Tang fought strongly to win Gold with his team mate Tom Jeffery taking Bronze. In the Boys Kumite 5’.5” and above Calem Dickinson who had been looking very sharp during the eliminations had an excellent fight in the final to win Gold.
Photo: Boys Kumite 10-11 years Bronze medalist JJ Pirmuhamedov
Photo: Boys Kumite 5'-5'.5" Finalists (Far Left) Tom Jeffery and (fourth from left) winner Melvyn Tang
Photo: Boys Kumite 5'-5'.5" Champion Melvyn Tang
Photo: Calem Dickinson (right) receiving his Trophy from Trevor Jarrett (Referee)
Photo: Boys Kumite Over 5'.5" Champion - Calem Dickinson
In the Girls Kumite 10-11 years Mia Hillsden fought strongly to retain her title with Romilly Pope taking Bronze. For Mia this rounded off an excellent day where she demonstrated both her Kata and Kumite skills winning all three of her events which not only was outstanding but this high level of consistent performance meant that Mia retained all three of her Southern Region titles from 2013. Well done!
Photo: Girls Kumite 10-11 years.(second left) Romilly Pope and (fourth from left) Winner Mia Hillsden.
Photo: Triple Crown - Mia Hillsden wins all three of her events, Individual Kumite, Individual Kata and Team Kata for the second year in succession!
In the Girls Kumite under 5’.3” Jessica Steadman fought well to take bronze. In the Girls Kumite over 5’.3” Teah Pope scored two excellent points to win this event for the third year running. Whilst Megan Naylor-Jones took Bronze.
Photo: Girls Kumite under 5'.3" Bronze medalist - Jessica Steadman
Photo: Girls Kumite over 5'.3" (Far left) Megan Naylor-Jones - Bronze medalist and (Far right) Winner Teah Pope
Photo: Girls Kumite Over 5'.3" Southern Region Champion 2012, 2013 and 2014 Teah Pope
This concluded the Children’s Events as we moved to the Seniors.
In the Mixed Individual Kata, Farwa Jeddy took silver with Kata Heian Godan narrowly missing out on first following a tied decision. In the Female Kata Dan Grades, Zoe Hillsden took Bronze with a strong performance of Kata Nijushiho. In the Male Kata, Eric Austin-Coskry took Bronze with Kata Empi.
Photo: Senior Kata Novice to 4th Kyu - Silver Medalist Farwa Jeddy
Photo: Ladies Kata Dan Grades - Bronze medalist Zoe Hillsden
Photo: Mens Kata Dan Grades - bronze medalist Eric Austin-Coskry
In the Team Kata Final Chelmsford had two teams – Chelmsford ‘B’ – Emma Burke, Pamela Pickwick and Graham Skarott came fourth with Kata Nijushiho. Chelmsford ‘A’ – Eric Austin-Coskry, Sharky Austin-Coskry and Jack Hillsden retained their Southern Region title for a second successive year with an impressive performance of Kata Kanku Sho.
Photo: Senior Team Kata - (L-R) Chelmsford 'B' - Graham Skarott, Pamela Pickwick and Emma Burke, Backwell Team of 3, Red Lion Team of 3, Winners Chelmsford 'A' - Sharky Austin-Coskry, Eric Austin-Coskry and Jack Hillsden. Referee Ron Hicks.
Next was the Senior Male Kumite 6th-1st Kyu with Ian Gilbert, who had fought strongly all day, winning Gold.
Photo: Male Kumite 6th -1st Kyu Champion - Ian Gilbert
In the Male Junior Kumite 16-17 it was another Chelmsford Final with Jack Hillsden beating Eric Austin-Coskry after a closely fought and entertaining match. Rachel Cohen took bronze in the Female Junior Kumite.
Photo: Junior Kumite Finalists (L-R) Eric Austin-Coskry Silver medalist and Champion Jack Hillsden
Photo: Ladies Junior Kumite - Bronze medalist - Rachel Cohen
When the Ladies Team Kumite Final was announced, Chelmsford SKC competitors gathered together to show their support to the team of Rachel Cohen, Emma Burke, Zoe Hillsden and Farwa Jeddy (reserve). Their opposition was Red Lion SKC, so Rachel went out first against the Ladies Junior Champion and was unlucky to lose by two waza-ari’s. Emma was next and in a spirited bout won by a single waza-ari. This left Zoe needing to win for Chelmsford as a draw for Red Lion would see them win this event. Needless to say there was a lot of encouragement and excitement as the match began with Zoe against the Senior Ladies Champion. Zoe fought both strongly and tactically to win by two waza-ari’s much to the pleasure of all the Chelmsford Supporters! It was particularly pleasing as this was one of the Events Chelmsford SKC had sponsored and resulted in the eleventh Gold of the day.
Photo: Ladies Team Kumite Champions (L-R) Zoe Hillsden, Rachel Cohen, Emma Burke and Farwa Jeddy
Sensei Dot Naylor, Chief Instructor of Chelmsford Shotokan Karate Club who was very proud to watch the whole event said “this was a fantastic day for our club with so many outstanding performances. Well done to everyone who competed and a special thank you to all of those who made the journey to give their support and encouragement”.
Below are the impressive results for Chelmsford SKC including eleven Gold, six Silver and fourteen bronze medals.
Chelmsford SKC's Results by Event:
Children's Ippon Kumite
1.Louise Filmer - Chelmsford
2.Alexander Lockett - Chelmsford
Joint 3rd Kamil Wlodarcyzk - Chelmsford
Children's Kata Novice to 4th Kyu
2. Romilly Pope - Chelmsford
4. Leah Rodrigues - Chelmsford
Children's Kata Dan Grades
1. Mia Hillsden – Chelmsford
2. Jamie Lottering - Chelmsford
3. Teah Pope - Chelmsford
Children's Team Kata
1. Chelmsford A
2. Chelmsford B
3. Chelmsford C
Boy's Kumite 10-11
Joint 3rd JJ Pirmuhamedov – Chelmsford
Boy's Kumite 5’- 5'5"
1.Melvyn Tang – Chelmsford
Joint 3rd. Thomas Jeffery - Chelmsford
Boy's Kumite Over 5'5"
1. Calem Dickinson - Chelmsford
Girl's Kumite 10-11 years
1. Mia Hillsden - Chelmsford
Joint 3rd. Romilly Pope - Chelmsford
Girl's Kumite Under 5.3"
Joint 3rd. Jessica Steadman - Chelmsford
Girl's Kumite Over 5.3"
1. Teah Pope Chelmsford
Joint 3rd. Megan Naylor-Jones - Chelmsford
Mixed Individual Kata - Novice to 1st Kyu
2. Farwa Jeddy –Chelmsford
Female Senior Kata, Dan Grades
3. Zoe Hillsden - Chelmsford
Male Senior Kata, Dan Grades
3. Eric Austin-Coskry - Chelmsford
Senior Team Kata
Male Senior Kumite 6th-1st Kyu
1. Ian Gilbert
Male Junior Kumite 16-17 Kumite
1. Jack Hillsden - Chelmsford
2. Eric Austin-Coskry - Chelmsford
Female Junior Kumite
Joint 3rd. Rachel Cohen – Chelmsford
Female Team Kumite